Costa Teguise, Lanzarote
A haven for families, Costa Teguise on the east coast of Lanzarote is a place to soak up that wonderful Canary Island sun, for here, the main draw is the beaches.
With four to choose from, some offering water-sports, others more shallow waters and lower winds for the children, you can take your pick. But, whilst life here revolves around the beach, there's enough sights to satisfy the most culture-hungry of minds.
Apart from the traditional towns with lively markets, there's monuments, markets, music festivals, a diverse range of water sports and even a children’s water park to name but a few.
Then after a long day spent with the wind through your hair, why not hunker down in the comfort of your own scenic villa or make your way over to the Playa Bastian area, home to some of the best restaurants in the resort. Whatever cuisine you’re after, it shouldn’t be hard to find in Costa Teguise. From traditional Spanish tapas to international flavours, choice is varied.
A 15-minute ride from the airport gives the area extra kudos to those travelling with children.
Out and About
Costa Teguise has four beaches, the main one being Playa de las Cucharas. Loved by windsurfers, it’s also a splendid cove with golden sands, crystal clear waters and beachfront cafes for anyone to enjoy. Playa Bastian, apart from boasting wonderful restaurants, is ideal for families as it’s easily accessible and more protected from the high winds favoured by those wanting to windsurf.
Small, but perfectly formed, Playa del Jablillo and Playa de los Charcos are also very popular, largely due to their white sand and calm waters despite the wind.
Fancy a walk? Head on over to Pueblo Marinero, a fishing village, with a cluster of typical Canarian buildings conceived by the artist Cesar Manrique. With restaurants, pubs, shops and a market every Friday evening, which brings the square to life, it’s a vivacious little settlement.
For an original take on Lanzarote living, visit Cesar Manrique (famed artist and architect)’s house. Built on an outcrop of lava, on top of five large natural volcanic bubbles, his home is an outstanding attraction. It’s been dubbed as the 'perfect symbiosis between man, art and nature.'
And now for some history. Proceed to Lanzarote's original capital - La Villa de Teguise, about a 15-minute drive inland. Walk along the cobbled streets and soak up the relaxed atmosphere in one of the traditional tapas bars or quirky souvenir shops. Visit on a Sunday and you’ll see the place transformed as it’s turned into a huge market place where you'll find anything from tablecloths to t-shirts and souvenirs.
A couple of minutes-drive from La Villa de Teguise you’ll find Oasis De Nazaret, a charming hillside village with some amazing properties that benefit from wonderful views towards the capital of Arrecife.
High quality villas are sprinkled like confetti in Costa Teguise. Traditional Canarian villas, ‘Andalucian’ styles and ultra-modern dwellings can all be found in this superb region.
Split-level accommodation with pretty covered terraces, heated swimming pools and gorgeous gardens can be found. You may even want the added luxuries of your very own tables tennis table or pool table.
Whatever you desire, Sun-Hat Villas can find the right private villa for you and your family.
Things to do
With beaches galore, there’s no shortage of water-based activities in Costa Teguise. For the ultimate windsurfing experience there are several windsurfing schools along Cucharas Beach and Jabillo Avenue, and with a number of windsurfing shops and rental equipment outlets there’s no excuse not to give it a go.
For the children, head on over to the AquaPark for a great family day out. This is the only water park on the island, which you may want to visit a couple of times as half-day passes are available. There’s even a little aquarium nearby, which though small, can prove another welcome distraction for little ones.
Prefer to stay on dry land? Try cycling, popular in the area largely due to its road safety as its surroundings, or play a round of gold at the oldest golf course on the island, aptly named Costa Teguise Golf Club.
Costa Teguise is not without its nightlife, it’s just on a slightly smaller scale than neighbouring Puerto Del Carmen. With lively restaurants, lots of laid-back bars and jazz nights, head on over for a relaxed summer evening with friends and family. And look out for the Costa Music Festival in September and the Brazilian Music Festival in June.
Not to be missed
La Villa de Teguise for a slice of the traditional Canarian way of life and some quite wonderful buildings. Be sure to visit on market day for a fantastic shopping experience.